Mourinho Confirms Injury Blow, 8 Players Miss Swansea Clash

Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero was partly to blame for getting Marouane Fellaini sent off, said Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho after the two fought out a 0-0 draw in the Premier League on Thursday.

Van Gaal was sacked last May after winning the FA Cup but failing to qualify for the Champions League.

"I saw Aguero in the tunnel", Mourinho said. The fact we are still fighting for important things is a good motivation for people to make an extra effort.

'Even the younger players, when they are not playing, they ask to leave, so it's very hard and we arrive in an extreme situation where, I think it must be unique in football, where we have two cruciate ligaments in the same match.

"Leicester and Crystal Palace will not be easy - you've seen what they have done against Arsenal and Liverpool".

"That is arguably a clean sheet today and we go into the next game against Everton fully believing that we can stay in this league for next season", said Clement.

Mourinho was pleased with United's first-half display despite the absence of players including Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba, Juan Mata and Marcos Rojo, but acknowledged they had to play for a point as their attacking threat dwindled.

"United equalled their longest ever unbeaten run in the top flight with Thursday's draw in the Manchester derby, making it 24 matches without defeat in the league".

"I'm pretty sure United came here to win the game because I've never met an opponent who wouldn't want this result".

Marcus Rashford looked exhausted the entire game and Mourinho is likely to rest the forward, keeping in mind the Europa League semi-final tie against Celta Vigo in the midweek. "I think Eric and Daley, they played again absolutely awesome", he said.

Before facing City, Mourinho seemingly questioned Smalling and Jones' commitment due to them being unwilling to play through their injuries but he feels the collective ordeal could be character-building for his players.

The Red Devils will take on Swansea at Old Trafford from noon tomorrow.

The Swans hope to have injured trio Martin Olsson, Leroy Fer and Jack Cork available for the game, but Wayne Routledge (hernia), Angel Rangel (foot) and Nathan Dyer (Achilles) remain out.

A win for Manchester United could move them into the top four, while Swansea know a win for them could take them out the bottom three. "They (City) had more ball and more chances but I must defend the spirit of my players and say they were incredible", he said of a team who showed no desire to attack beyond the interval.

  • Julie Sanders